1979It was in 1979 that Joseph Helfrich founded Les Grands Chais de France, originally specialising in Cognac before diversifying to the wine trade in 1981
1982Petersbach: First bottling line
1984J.P. Chenet in its emblematic bottle, a creation from its first two grape varieties: a Cabernet Sauvignon du Pays d’Oc and a Blanc de Blancs des Côtes de Gascogne, which has become today the best selling brand of French wine.
1986Jura: First vineyard establishment with the purchase of Compagnie des Grands Vins du Jura, now La Maison du Vigneron
1991Alsace: Purchase of Arthur Metz ; one of the key players in the Alsatian vineyards and the leading producer of Crémant d’Alsace.
Beaujolais: Purchase of Quinson
1994Bordeaux: Purchase of Louis Eschenauer, a long-established Bordeaux domain founded by a wine-grower from Alsace in 1921
1999Creation of the 2nd French brand: Grand Sud: A range of single grape varieties from Southern France, the outcome of a long term partnership between our winemakers and the winegrowers of Languedoc and Gascogne, selected for their know-how.
2003Languedoc: Purchase of Domaine de la Baume
2004Loire: Establishment in the vineyards of the Nantes region and in Anjou
2006Bordeaux: Purchase of Dulong Frères et Fils, a family establishment since 1873.
2007Bordeaux: Purchase of Calvet enabling the Group to secure more resources and means to achieve its new objective: to become the leading brand of Bordeaux wines in the world.
2008Establishment abroad with the founding of Weinkellerei Hechtsheim.
Construction of stacker cranes on our sites in Petersbach and Landiras
2009Loire: Purchase of Château de Fesles, with the prestigious Bonnezeaux wine
2011China: Founding of JIXIFU - Beijing (WOFE Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise)
2012Loire: Purchase of Blanc Foussy in Touraine
2015Burgundy: Purchase of Tresch Clerget, now François Martenot
2016 Alsace : Purchase of Klipfel
Burgundy : Purchase of Béjot Vins et Terroirs Group
Beaujolais : Purchase of Paul Sapin
2017Purchase of Binderer St Ursula Weinkellerei